6. Jamien Sherwood, LB, NY Jets
Not enough attention has been paid to the incredible rehab process that Jamien Sherwood underwent this offseason. Sherwood tore his Achilles in late October of last year and still managed to return completely healthy for the start of rookie minicamp in June.
That alone is impressive enough, but Sherwood has also made strides on the field to become a more consistent player. We saw that on Monday when the former college safety made a number of plays on defense throughout the night.
Sherwood finished with four total tackles and earned a stellar 79.8 Pro Football Focus grade for his efforts. His 77.1 coverage grade was among the best on the team and he was also impressive in run defense recording two "defensive stops."
The Jets see Sherwood as their backup MIKE linebacker and someone who could feasibly even take over for C.J. Mosley as soon as next season. Performances like this one certainly help his case.
5. Denzel Mims, WR, NY Jets
Denzel Mims might not be on the Jets' roster in a week's time, but he's still doing what he can to increase his value. Mims was relegated to work almost exclusively with the third-team offense on Monday, although he did make the most of his snaps.
The former second-round pick finished with three catches for 43 yards including an impressive 27-yard strike from Mike White where Mims sat down and found the hole in the zone coverage.
Perhaps more importantly, Mims received significant playing time on special teams for the first time in his NFL career. The results were mixed as he was flagged for an illegal block on a punt return, but it is noteworthy that the Jets trusted him to be out there.
It still feels inevitable that Mims is either traded or outright released by this time next week, but he did himself a few favors on Monday night.